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How pharmacists can end the 'risky pileup of prescribed medication'

February 5, 2019

Many older adults are taking "a risky pileup of prescribed medication," and while efforts to address the issue have focused on physician intervention, research suggests that the solution might involve a different health care provider, according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

The best (and worst) states for retiree health care, according to WalletHub

January 28, 2019

Minnesota, Hawaii, and Massachusetts topped WalletHub's list of the best places to retire in 2019 based on health care, but did not make WalletHub's list of the top-five best states for retirement overall.

Can humans live 115+ years—or is the body 'not designed for long-term use'?

January 23, 2019

Some scientists are working to stave off the full range of age-related diseases, and perhaps prolong lifespan, by treating aging itself—but others argue there are limits on how long the human body can function.

Why baby boomers are the loneliest generation—and what that means for their health

December 20, 2018

Baby boomers are now the loneliest generation in U.S. history—and that designation comes with its own unique set of health risks.

'Using' your brain can't prevent you from 'losing' it in old age. (But there's a silver lining.)

December 18, 2018

Crossword puzzles and other problem-solving activities can improve your mental performance, but these exercises will not prevent mental decline as you age, according to a study published last week.

Why you shouldn't dismiss a 'senior moment'

November 30, 2018

People often dismiss temporary mental lapses as "senior moments"—but neurologist William Shankle in KevinMD writes that seemingly harmless "dismissive phrase ... leads to devastating, debilitating disease."

Inside the dementia care center recreating the 1950s

November 29, 2018

Glenner Town Square is the first adult daycare center in the United States built around reminiscence therapy—a form of therapy intended to spark personal memories for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Inside CMS' plan to lower drug costs for Medicare Part D enrollees

November 28, 2018

CMS' proposed rule seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage enrollees from accessing lower-cost drugs by giving Part D plans more flexibility to use formulary management tools, such as prior authorizations and step therapy.

Why Gen Z (and millennials and boomers) are so stressed, charted

November 8, 2018

The American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey finds younger U.S. adults are reporting higher levels of stress than older U.S. adults—and are more likely to have received care from a mental health professional.

A pilot program lets Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care while still seeking a cure. It's facing setbacks, a new report finds.

September 24, 2018

A report from Abt Associates released Wednesday shows that more than one-quarter of hospice providers dropped out of a pilot project that allows terminally ill patients to continue receiving curative treatments while receiving hospice coverage through Medicare.

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